Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 15-05-2012, 04:45   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 82
Which Wind Vents

Just ordered some Nicro day vents and now a friend just told me they are crap and leak. Nicro Day / Night Plus Solar Vent

Any recommendations on how to keep the boat aired best while on and off the boat?

Mike
__________________

__________________
Mike w is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-05-2012, 04:57   #2
mrm
Registered User

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Poland, EU
Boat: crew on Bavaria 38 Cruiser
Posts: 651
Re: Which Wind vents

Opening a couple of portlights or a hatch works wonders when on a boat
Most hatches in use now can be locked in a ventilated position - this works well when off the boat.
__________________

__________________
mrm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-05-2012, 05:03   #3
Registered User
 
The Way's Avatar

Join Date: May 2011
Location: On the boat, currently Tampa Bay, Florida
Boat: Dickerson ketch, 36'
Posts: 176
Re: Which Wind vents

Hi Mike,

My two don't leak (one on foredeck, one near stern), and keep the boat odor-free and mildew-free even when she is covered with a tarp (not covering the solar vents, of course). Nicro replaced one free when a wire broke off during the long warantee period. I was surprised how puny the wire was, but pleased with Nicro's service.
__________________
The Way is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-05-2012, 05:05   #4
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 82
Re: Which Wind vents

Can you leave them open running while away and water wont come in?
__________________
Mike w is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-05-2012, 05:09   #5
Registered User
 
The Way's Avatar

Join Date: May 2011
Location: On the boat, currently Tampa Bay, Florida
Boat: Dickerson ketch, 36'
Posts: 176
Re: Which Wind vents

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike w View Post
Can you leave them open running while away and water wont come in?
Yes, they've been running continually since 2009, except for the one that was replaced. I have the larger size vents (4-inch).

Fair winds!
The Way
__________________
The Way is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-05-2012, 12:36   #6
CF Adviser
Moderator Emeritus
 
Hud3's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Island Packet 380, now sold
Posts: 8,929
Images: 49
Re: Which Wind vents

Mine worked fine--no leaks at all when operating. The only time I shut it was when making an offshore passage, where you can expect green water to come aboard every now and then. They didn't leak then, either.
__________________
Hud
Hud3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-05-2012, 17:13   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 82
Re: Which Wind vents

OK Great. I'll tell my friend he's full of crap then. Hahaha. Thanks!
__________________
Mike w is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-05-2012, 05:35   #8
CF Adviser
Moderator Emeritus
 
Hud3's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Island Packet 380, now sold
Posts: 8,929
Images: 49
Re: Which Wind vents

They do require proper caulking during installation, and a bit of silicone grease on the O-ring that seals the air path when you pop it shut. Maybe that's where his problem is.
__________________
Hud
Hud3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2012, 06:28   #9
Registered User
 
nosinglesource's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Chesterville, ON, Canada
Boat: 1973 Hughes 25
Posts: 113
Send a message via Yahoo to nosinglesource Send a message via Skype™ to nosinglesource
Re: Which Wind vents

I realize this isn't the most recent of threads, but I'll resurrect it as we're having a problem with the Nicro solar vent on our boat. Problem is, it doesn't like to work. :-/ If I give it a flick it'll start to run, so long as the sun is out, but will eventually stop regardless of whether it's light or dark out. Would this be a battery issue? I've never dealt with anything solar-powered before...

Cheers,
Cindi
__________________
nosinglesource is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2012, 06:53   #10
Registered User
 
solarbri's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Idaho
Boat: Custom 36' folding sailing cat
Posts: 297
Cindi,
Mine was acting like that last year. I squirted a shot of wd40 onto the fan shaft and it seemed to work fine father that.
__________________
solarbri is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2012, 07:22   #11
Registered User
 
nosinglesource's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Chesterville, ON, Canada
Boat: 1973 Hughes 25
Posts: 113
Send a message via Yahoo to nosinglesource Send a message via Skype™ to nosinglesource
Re: Which Wind Vents

Thank you..I'll give'er a go...cheaper than replacing parts!
__________________
nosinglesource is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2012, 08:50   #12
Senior Cruiser
 
bstreep's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX/Port Aransas, TX
Boat: 1990 Macintosh 47, "Merlin"
Posts: 2,274
Re: Which Wind Vents

I think there's another thread floating out there on this. The newer ones don't appear to be particularly reliable.
__________________
Bill Streep
San Antonio/Port Aransas, TX
bstreep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2012, 09:20   #13
Registered User
 
nosinglesource's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Chesterville, ON, Canada
Boat: 1973 Hughes 25
Posts: 113
Send a message via Yahoo to nosinglesource Send a message via Skype™ to nosinglesource
Re: Which Wind Vents

hmm...Thanks for the heads-up, Bill. I'll try a little troubleshooting, but it may end up we need to replace the whole works.
__________________
nosinglesource is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2012, 09:37   #14
Cap
Registered User
 
Cap's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Mustang Ridge, Tx/Port Aransas, Tx
Boat: 1984 Witness 35 Catamaran
Posts: 60
Re: Nicro Day / Night Plus Solar Vent

Hi All,

I was looking at these as well. With my boat sitting on the Gulf, it's terrible when I go down to work, or play. I was wondering if these have to be on a flat surface, or could they be mounted in a side port window? I have removable plexiglass windows and was thinking of installing them on a couple of those, but wasn't sure if mounting them sideways would cause issues; allowing water in, or causing issues with the fan running?

Thanks...Jeff
__________________
Cap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-06-2012, 14:22   #15
Senior Cruiser
 
bstreep's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX/Port Aransas, TX
Boat: 1990 Macintosh 47, "Merlin"
Posts: 2,274
Re: Which Wind Vents

Jeff, they need to be able to get sunlight to run and to charge the battery. As well, they are designed to not leak when it rains (waves are whole nuther story). So, if you are mounting them sideways under a bimini that never takes waves, you might be OK.
__________________

__________________
Bill Streep
San Antonio/Port Aransas, TX
bstreep is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
wind

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:21.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.